ORLANDO, Fla., April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Vittorio's Brazilian Restaurant is the first business to join YGRIN's (Yellow Grease Renewable Initiative) community initiative, and organize a fundraiser for the Japanese victims of the catastrophic March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Both teams joined forces to create a unique fundraising opportunity to support the millions of Japanese citizens who were in the pathway of Mother Nature's fury. Despite the tragic turn of events, the will of the people prevailed and enamored the hearts of International nations. In response, Vittorio's along with YGRIN members seized the chance to give back.
"We took the initiative to jump on the YGRIN bandwagon to support the dire needs of the Japanese citizens and the overwhelming amounts of distress caused," said Gilson Rodrigues, Vittorio's owner. "In such a dismal situation, it's important for everyone to remember that every little bit counts. Each and every donation, of any size, helps to rebuild the lives of those affected by such devastation."
In true YGRIN fashion, a vibrantly painted oil drum containing $8,000 was presented to the American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region. The fundraiser included a $1 donation for each patron that dined at the establishment, in addition to donations collected in-store from Mar 20 through April 1.
"The response from the local community has truly been awe-inspiring. People were pitching in any way they could, which represents a glimmer of hope amid such grim circumstances," said Dower Drummond, YGRIN's president. "Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Japanese nation left sorting through the remnants of the destruction."
"Although the magnitude of the tragedy is indescribable, we feel incredibly fortunate to contribute in some way, and couldn't have done so without the outpouring of generosity from the Orlando community," Rodrigues continued. "On the long road to recovery Japan is currently facing, we wish them as much peace of mind and healing as possible."
YGRIN strives to develop a network of restaurants, community partners, environmental advocates, and government leaders to implement an eco-conscious approach that systematically collects and reuses the nation's abundant waste grease, transforming it into renewable energy and other marketable products. The initiative will create jobs, raise money for education, stimulate economic development, and provide charitable needs, while keeping waste grease out of America's waste systems. To learn more about this impactful initiative, please visit www.ygrin.com.